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Digital Communication and Media Arts (MA)
Digital Communication and Media Arts (MA)

Innovate communication across digital platforms

The master's in Digital Communication and Media Arts (DCMA) will give you the technical skills and tools to effectively navigate the digital communication landscape. This flexible program allows you to tailor your coursework across interests such as branding, content strategy, social media, data-driven marketing, media literacy, documentary production and design.

This interdisciplinary degree program is offered through the College of Communication and the College of Computing and Digital Media; you’ll take courses in Public Relations and Advertising, Journalism, Media and Cinema Studies, and Digital Communication. Concentrate in Digital Communication or Media Art.

The program is typically completed in two years. Classes are offered weekday evenings on the Loop Campus.

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A dynamic market for digital media professionals

With major production companies, media outlets, startups and nonprofits just steps from campus, you’ll find opportunities to work at organizations of any size, across every enterprise in Chicago. DCMA students have interned at places like DKC, Facets Multimedia and LX MGMT. You'll use the same tools in the classroom that you will in the industry—our state-of-the-art facilities include a converged newsroom, two writing labs, a television studio, audio booths, an 82-seat film screening room and black box theater.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall quarter: June 1
  • Winter quarter: November 2
  • Spring quarter (Certificate in Digital Communication only): February 15

Admission Requirements

Submit the online application, official transcripts, a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and résumé or curriculum vitae.

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Required Courses

You’ll take an introductory course, four core courses and nine electives. Complete your degree with a comprehensive exam, scholarly paper or master's project.

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of 2017 Digital Communication and Media Arts MA graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

Diverse faculty bring a wide range of expertise

Our faculty bring expertise in an array of interesting areas like pop culture, gender, race, design and game development. You’ll learn the impact of digital media on all aspects of society from faculty members like Associate Professor Paul Booth, whose research focuses on new and emerging media and the nature of fandom in contemporary media.

“I was able to tailor the program to suit my needs, and there were plenty of classes that piqued my personal and professional interests. I sing the praises of Ron Culp on an ongoing basis. His class, Chicago Corporations and Their Agencies, is a hidden gem that gave me confidence and valuable insight into the agency world. This class is the reason I am at an agency now and loving it.”

Laura (MA, ’16)
Social Specialist, Upshot


Alumni Network

Alumni of the master's in Digital Communication and Media Arts program have gone on to careers as visual specialists, social media managers, digital advertising designers and more. They work in government, nonprofits, theatre, digital media, and PR and entertainment. You’ll also be connected to a network of more than 8,500 College of Communication alumni.


The College of Communication offers a tuition award and scholarship opportunities. In addition, the DCMA program has a limited number of graduate assistantships that include a one-course tuition waiver. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405 or

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